In what has become a common practice in the Nigerian political circle, a document has revealed that the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, under the Federal Ministry of Transport supervised by Rotimi Amaechi in 2021, awarded a contract to a company owned by a former House of Representatives member, Robinson Uwak who is currently a major stakeholder in the ruling All Progressives Congress.
According to data mined from Open Procurement Portal, the institute, under the stewardship of Bayero Salih Farah as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, awarded a contract to Kidibul Nigeria Ltd for the “Training and empowerment of women in Enugu Metropolis”.
Though the budget for the contract was N35, 000,000.00, it was executed with N32, 581.866.25.
Why the institute awarded the said project to the company to “Train Women” raises eyebrows because the core role of the institute is “providing professional training for middle cadre managers on the areas of transport and logistics and also conduct research and offer consultancy services to both public and private transport and logistics organizations”.
About Kidibul Nigeria Ltd
KIDIBUL NIGERIA LTD was incorporated in ABUJA, Nigeria with Registration Number 1193485. It was registered on 28 May 2014 and its current status is unknown. The company’s registered office address is NO. 21, AGADEZ STREET, OFF AMINU KANO CRESCENT WUSE NULL, ABUJA, F C T.
At the helm of the company’s board are Robinson Uwak and Ekpo Pauline Aniedu.
What you should know about Robinson Uwak
Uwak is a former House of Representatives member, who represented Oron Federal Constituency from 2011 to 2015.
Uwak formed Kidibul Nigeria Ltd while he was a Rep Member. Meanwhile, only civil servant on a part time basis are permitted by law to engage in or participate in the running of a private business as directors or a private company.
Uwak was a member of Buhari’s 2015 presidential campaign council where he served with the likes of Boss Mustapha, Hon. Abike Dabiri. Babatunde Fashola, Ismael Ahmed, etc. In 2019, he was also appointed into the Buhari’s Presidential Campaign Council. Uwak was drafted into Youth Mobilization Directorate of the Presidential Campaign Council to be in charge of mobilization of Akwa Ibom State youths for the President’s reelection.
With the above revelations, it is easy to deduce why Uwak secured the contract on a platter of gold. However, this further fuels and substantiates the notion in the public that the political class are recycling the nation’s wealth among themselves.
What is the status of Kidibul Nigeria Ltd on CAC?
A check on the Corporate Affairs Commission shows that KIDIBUL NIGERIA LTD is not active. According to CAC, “A company that has not been filing its financial returns within a specified time is classified as inactive,” which implies tax evasion – a crime against financial regulation law